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HoustonPhotog Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:10 pm

The VanAlert app is LIVE!

I'd like to inform you about a new item I've created... It's an app specifically for Vanagon owners named VanAlert. I feel this app will change the way you travel for the better!

Download the app here:
Apple App Store
Google Play Store



The Stolen Van Alert is the main reason I chose to build the app. I often see vans stolen and wonder if there was a way to help these owners get the help from the Vanagon community in order to help keep an eye out for their stolen van. Well if a Vanagon is stolen, the owner can open the app and fill out a form including all of the information about the van as well as a few photos. I then send out a Push Notification to all app users within a certain mile radius of where the van was stolen. App users get notified, then directed to the Stolen Van page to see the Vanagon they should keep an eye out for. This alert is smart, it won't be sending out a Stolen Van Alert to app users in New Jersey about a Vanagon being stolen in California. It will only send out the alert to app users within the same state and maybe the neighboring state depending on the specifics of each case.





Being on the road requires needing to find a place to camp for the night. I often spent a lot of time looking at various resources including my phone, my atlas and my GPS navigation system to try to find a place to call home for the night. VanAlert will now replace all of the methods I previously used. All State Parks that allow camping will be populated in our database as well as other user submitted Camp Sites such as BLM Land camping and other locations.






Driveway Camp is a section that'll list all users nearest to your phone's GPS location that will allow traveling Vanagon owners a safe driveway to camp in for the night. Hosts have several amenities that they offer and when signing up you too can list the items you'd like to offer: Driveway/ Curb Space/ Shore Power/ Shower/ Laundry/ Tools. We have signup forms in the app if you'd like to include yourself as a Driveway Camp Host.





A crowdsourced database of Repair Shops that will be listed nearest to your phone's current GPS location. So no matter where a break down happens, simply open the app and see what reputable Repair Shops are nearby that other Vanagon Owners have recommended. This database relies on information provided by our members so if you have a reputable shop that you use, please share that info with the community.

In addition to the Repair Shops listing we're allowing Vanagon owners to be listed as individuals as well. This way in case there are no repair shops nearby, a traveling Vanagon owner can reach out to a local owner for help, tools and/or guidance. This community loves to share and help others and that's one of the best things that comes with owning a Vanagon. You gain a support system, a family.




There are many other features already built into the app and many more that are in the works. We're only a few days old but already have nearly 1,000 registered members and have begun to populate our database with a ton of crowdsourced information. If you're a Vanagon owner.... you NEED this app. Be sure to share the info with your Vanagon friends as the more information we get populated into the database, the better it is for the entire community. Oh and did I mention... the app is FREE!

Download the app here:
Apple App Store
Google Play Store

Like our VanAlert Facebook Page in order to keep up with the app updates and new features.

Red Beard Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:14 pm

Very cool! Will keep my eyes open for it

E1 Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:18 pm

Hi, Abel:

Great idea, any chance of an iPhone version sometime?

By the way, great to meet you at Buses! Wish you'd made our Buses After Hours gig, we had 13 buses and 18 people and you were missed!

Eric

HoustonPhotog Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:21 pm

E1 wrote: Hi, Abel:

Great idea, any chance of an iPhone version sometime?

By the way, great to meet you at Buses! Wish you'd made our Buses After Hours gig, we had 13 buses and 18 people and you were missed!

Eric

Currently waiting on Apple Store Approval which should be in the next couple of days.

Yea I regret not being able to make the second campout but i was headed north instead. bummer.

newfisher Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:27 pm

Abel,
I tried to find it in Google play and nothing. Then I searched VA and came up with the same logo for " Vetrans Affairs", probobly not a van squad app :lol:

Would like to purchase the app when I can find it.

HoustonPhotog Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:32 pm

newfisher wrote: Abel,
I tried to find it in Google play and nothing. Then I searched VA and came up with the same logo for " Vetrans Affairs", probobly not a van squad app :lol:

Would like to purchase the app when I can find it.

Search "VanAlert"

There's also a direct link in the first post of this thread.

GWTWTLW Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:34 pm

Very cool! Keeping my eye out for the iPhone version!

Thanks for doing it!

bokonon42 Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:39 pm

This is awesome, thank you!
Can't wait for the iPhone version.

HoustonPhotog Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:46 pm

I just got an email that Apple approved the iOs app but it may take up to a day to get propagated into the App Store. I'll let you guys know when that is but it is getting closer!

Steve M. Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:58 pm

Just installed. Waiting for more users to fill up the ranks!
I'll pay to get rid of the ads.

Good looking App, but I couldn't see a "sign out" on it. So it looks as if it it running all the time? I did a "force stop" in the Application settings to turn it off.
I'm funny that way in that I like to turn things off!
Great effort, better then I could do! Definitely like the "Event Feature" for future events.

E1 Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:12 pm

HoustonPhotog wrote: I just got an email that Apple approved the iOs app but it may take up to a day to get propagated into the App Store. I'll let you guys know when that is but it is getting closer!
Awesome, Thanks!

dobryan Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:35 pm

Can you somehow link this into the Vanagon Rescue Squad site?

Steve M. Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:12 pm

dobryan wrote: Can you somehow link this into the Vanagon Rescue Squad site?

or better yet integrate the Vanagon Rescue Squad member locations into the App?

porterbrown Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:26 pm

HoustonPhotog wrote: I just got an email that Apple approved the iOs app but it may take up to a day to get propagated into the App Store. I'll let you guys know when that is but it is getting closer!

It's up! I just downloaded it. ;)

Syncronoid Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:34 pm

Downloaded! Will provide feedback if/when necessary. Thanks!

HoustonPhotog Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:43 pm

It's available for Apple Products now...

Search for "VanAlert"


Vanamal Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:35 pm

Nicely done Abel - thanks!
And x3 on linking to the Rescue Squad if possible.

dhaavers Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:06 pm

Got mine on iPad! SOOOO looking forward to content on this...nice! 8)

- Dave

ThankYouJerry Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:25 pm

Downloaded. How do you report a Vanagon that was reported "stolen" as "found" once it's been recovered like the current van on the app's stolen list that has been reported as found here on The Samba: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=671318

Alaskaberrys Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:25 am

Just downloaded, reviewed a shop and submitted another. Great app! Thanks 8)

Not that your looking or need more content, but if so, how about a "map it" type addition - map your route to share it?

Edit: Looks/works great on my iPad

Another edit: Kudos on the background pic 8)



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